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Standards and Weapons

I have been writing a lot about the benefits of standards -especially open standards- for economic growth and citizens’ empowerement. Today however, I would like to explore, or at least highlight  a more obscure side of standards. Standards can be used as weapons; by weapons I mean tools of influence, …

The Document Foundation sets precedents & paves new opportunities for Free Software

These past weeks have marked a significant twist in the way the Document Foundation is supporting the LibreOffice project and in general, the Free and Open Source Software world. Three distinct pieces of news should indeed be put together in order to shed light on the way the Document Foundation …

Eyes & Ears – November Edition

Welcome to this month’s edition of Eyes & Ears. This edition is a bit special, as it is somewhat in tune with the coming of Fall season. Expect less electronic beats, and more accoustic tracks. Let’s start right away with the new sampler from the Café del Mar’s “Dream Series”: …

Pondering FOSS foundations

This year the OpenWorld Forum in Paris will take place the 30th and the 31st of October. I will be one of the speakers of Community Track, and I’ll be discussing the Document Foundation’s example. My co-panelists include representatives of the Eclipse Foundation, the OW2 Consortium, Red Hat and others. …

Free Software is Europe’s second chance

I have watched with some interest the latest consultation organized by the European Commission about funding priorities for research, software and cloud initiatives. The Digital Agenda for Europe has been a hot topic for a just a few years now and such a set of policies will create some real …

Free Software & Money

There is an old, yet spreading misconception about Free and Open Source Software, whose effects are being felt almost everywhere. It is the notion that because Free Software is Free as in speech, it is somehow free as in beer. I have already written about this but I feel my …

Eyes & Ears – Anniversary Edition

Welcome to this month’s Eyes & Ears’s session. Would you believe it has been a year since I started these? Follow the music category on this blog to browse all the Eyes & Ears session since October 2013. Granted this blog is not really about music and books, but I …

Reuniting LibreOffice and AOO – a personal take

As we are approaching the 4th anniversary of the LibreOffice project in just a few days, an old theme has been reappearing on the Internet: Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice should reunite. I would like to share my perceptions on this topic although I think it is not a really important …

Eyes & Ears – September Issue

Welcome to this month’s edition of Eyes and Ears. Today I would first like to tell you about a fantastic and delightful book I’ve started to read since three weeks now, and it’s a real page turner. What’s so special about it? Well, a few things make this book a …

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